PhD Candidate, Sreevalsan Menon, wins Missouri S&T 3MT® Competition
Sreevalsan Menon, a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, came in 1st place at the Missouri S&T Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Finale Competition on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. This is the sixth time Missouri S&T has hosted a competition. This year’s event was virtual to ensure social distancing protocols with the pandemic.
During the 3MT® competition graduate student contestants have only three minutes and a single PowerPoint slide to discuss their research and explain the importance to a non-specialist audience and judging panel. Contestants are judged on comprehension, content, communication, and engagement. Out of many talented contestants, Menon impressed the judges with his intriguing research presentation titled “Identification of Brain Neuromarkers in Health and Disease.” His concise and effective representation of his research plus his engaging presentation allowed him to take home the 1st place position. Menon also was voted as this year’s People’s Choice Award Recipient by audience members.
The Runner-Up for the competition was Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, MS in Systems Engineering, who presented on “Multi-Hop Question Answering”.
Judges for this year’s 3MT® competition included Rolla community members Judge Mark Calvert, Lister Florence, Ryan Buschjost, Layla Earl, and John Butz. Additional community and campus members were involved in preliminary judging rounds. Missouri S&T asks people from around the community to volunteer as judges to showcase some of the excellent work graduate students at Missouri S&T are accomplishing.
Menon will move on to represent Missouri S&T at the regional 3MT® competition being held virtually March 24-26 at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS). Graduate students from across the region will present their research and compete for a spot at a national competition. The 3MT® competition originated with the University of Queensland, New Zealand and is now held annually at over 900 universities worldwide.